Friday, April 28, 2017

X-men Supreme Issue 150: Walking A Fine Line is LIVE!


You’ve seen one perspective in the new era of the X-men Supreme fanfiction series. The first issue of X-men Supreme Volume 7: United and Divided showed how Charles Xavier’s new vision for the X-men functions. Through the Mutant Monitoring Initiative, he and the X-men are now willing partners with General Grimshaw, President Kelly, and the Mutant Security Agency. We saw in X-men Supreme Issue 149: Law Abiding Bind how this new partnership functions. By most measures, it functions well. However, it’s still only part of a much larger story.

On the other side of that coin is X-Force, the new team that Cyclops and Wolverine formed at the end of X-men Supreme Volume 6: Liberation Decimation. It was one of the most dramatic developments to date in this fanfiction series, Cyclops cutting ties with the X-men and Charles Xavier. It cost him his position in the X-men. It cost him his long-standing relationship with Jean Grey. It may very well cost him much more than that, but he believes in what he’s doing and he’s not alone.

On a team that consists of Wolverine, Emma Frost, Warpath, Nightcrawler, and Domino, X-Force now stands in opposition to the Mutant Monitoring Initiative. They see Charles Xavier’s decision to compromise his dream as a mistake, one that will come back to haunt the X-men and the entire mutant race down the line. At the moment, there’s no Mutant Liberation Front of Brotherhood of Mutants to test their resolve. The world is still recovering from the Mutant Liberation Front’s attacks. Nobody has the stomach for another conflict on that level, but X-Force believes that conflict is inevitable.

In the X-men comics, it hasn’t been unusual for the team to suffer divisions and schisms. They’ve been a big part of the X-men mythos going all the way back to the Chris Claremont era. Over the course of the X-men Supreme fanfiction series, the lineup of the X-men has changed considerably. Some X-men have come and gone. Some, like Nightcrawler and Angel, act primarily as reserve members. However, there has never been a division like this before. The X-men and X-Force stand on opposite ends of a brewing conflict, one that is just starting to emerge.

These early issues of X-men Supreme Volume 7: United and Divided will lay the foundation of that conflict. Old friendships will be strained and so will established relationships. The conflict has already torn Cyclops and Jean Grey apart. It also put a damper on the blossoming relationship between Storm and Warpath. What other strain will this cause? There are a lot of major clashes brewing. Some of the threats will be familiar. Some will be entirely new.

The next stage in that conflict is set to begin. It’ll also provide some insight into how X-Force operates in this fanfiction series. Throughout the history of X-men, X-Force has been defined by a willingness to cross lines and operate in the shadows. That same theme will play out here in X-men Supreme, but for a different set of reasons. Those reasons will start to become clearer in this issue.

X-men Supreme Issue 150: Walking A Fine Line

Whether you’re an X-men fan or an X-Force fan, I want both to relate to the struggle in X-men Supreme Volume 7: United and Divided. I know the timing of this type of story couldn’t be worse. X-men fans, and comic fans in general, are tired of stories that involve heroes fighting heroes. I totally understand that. With X-men Supreme, I hope to set this story apart from those that have played out in the comics. As such, I also want that story to be as awesome as possible.

That’s where X-men fans can assert their influence. Please take the time to send me feedback and leave reviews. Every bit of feedback counts, no matter how it comes in. I do take it seriously. I do listen and respond to it as best I can. That feedback helps me make sure X-men Supreme is as awesome as it deserves to be. So please contact me directly or post your comments directly in the issue. Either is fine. Until next time, take care and best wishes. Xcelsior!

Jack

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